19 August 2012

Quit Smoking - A Guest Post with Perspective

A group of friends and I sat down a few years back when the cigarette tax was raised once again. We calculated how much smoking cost. Some of us smoked a pack a day to two packs a day. When you add up the costs of smoking, consider what you could do with that money instead. You can consider this immediately as a daily cost, weekly, or even monthly. Then, think of what you could do with that money that would be more enjoyable. You can save the money, invest it, indulge your hobbies, go shopping or fulfill a desire to travel. Research has shown that rewards are powerful motivators for people when trying to quit smoking.

Consider the benefits to your health. There is conclusive medical evidence that quitting smoking will greatly increase your health. Studies show that these effects are literally immediate at reducing blood pressure, increasing lung capacity and etc. There are also serious long term benefits like reducing your risk for cancer and heart disease. Quitting smoking will make you a healthier person right now and in the future.

Last, RESEARCH! You are already off to a great start because you are reading this but keep researching! The internet is full of great information. Also, the government has many resources to help you quit smoking. Do not limit yourself. Look at traditional based methods such as nicotine replacement and counseling; look at alternative methods such as meditation, acupuncture and hypnosis; and consider combinations of all these methods such as combining nicotine replacement with counseling, acupuncture, diet and exercise. And remember, KEEP TRYING no matter what DO NOT GIVE UP ever!

It is important to create your own culture around quitting. Smoking is a powerful habit with ingrained rewards that keep you smoking even if you know that it is bad for you. To break these habits you mist create new habits with new rewards that are positive and healthy. This can be fun and open up a new world of opportunities for you. Smoking cessation is never easy but that does not mean it must be purely painful. As an ex smoker myself, I am not going to pretend that quitting is easy but I will say that it can be enjoyable if you are in the right mindset. I fostered old hobbies and started some new ones on my journey. Not only do I feel more healthy now but I have made some friends and had some good times in my journey from being a smoker to the non smoker I am today. For more information, check out this electronic cigarette site.